The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161

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29th March 2015


Holy Week Programme for 2015

29th March, 2015 - Blessing of Palms, Procession and Solemn Mass for Palm Sunday.


From the Parish Priest’s desk….

Today, Palm Sunday, we commence the “Great” or Holy Week, celebrating the Mystery of our Redemption. Aside from the strict duties of our state, assistance at the Sacred Liturgies of Holy Week should have hold the highest priority in the life of a Catholic. We should lay aside all that is not necessary, in order to adore and thank God for our Redemption through the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. The only adequate worship we can render is that gifted by the Lord Himself to His Church, in the Sacred Liturgy: and in associating ourselves with this work of adoration and thanksgiving, reparation and petition, we hope to obtain the graces necessary to persevere in the Lord’s service, with renewed zeal and generosity.

Today, Palm Sunday, is a day that celebrates the Kingship of Christ in His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, while it also initiates us into the Passion of Our Lord. Following the Passion according to St Matthew, on Tuesday and Wednesday at Mass we will hear the Passion according to Sts Mark and Luke. These are completed by St John’s moving account of the Passion on Good Friday. On Wednesday evening, we will have the first celebration of Tenebrae, the Offices of Matins and Lauds celebrated only by candlelight. We will celebrate this again on Good Friday evening. These Offices are deeply moving meditations on the Passion and Death of the Lord (on account of their length and lateness, they are not suitable for small children). On Maundy Thursday, the Church recalls the institution by Our Lord of the ministerial priesthood and of the Holy Eucharist, as well as the importance of fraternal charity. At the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in the evening, the Mandatum, or ceremonial washing of the feet of twelve men by the Celebrant of the Mass, unites the mystery of humble charity to the mystery of the Priesthood, as it recalls Our Lord’s washing of the feet of the Apostles on the night He ordained them as Bishops and instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice. It is for this reason that the Church insists – in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Rite - that the Mandatum be restricted to men. The violation of this requirement – which is both canonical and theological – is a grave abuse. After Holy Mass and the stripping of the Altars, we are invited to remain in a prolonged communion of Eucharistic Adoration at the Altar of Repose, which continues until Midnight. Here, we are privileged to keep vigil with the Lord, and to enter into the spirit of Gethsemane. This year, I ask you especially to pray for the Church, that all Her members might accept the graces that the Lord offers to each of us to serve Him faithfully and generously in His Holy Catholic Church, and that the enemies of the Church might be defeated in their evil designs, be converted, and live.

On Good Friday, at the very hour of the Lord’s Passion and Death, we offer Solemn Intercessions for all the needs of the Church, and the salvation of souls, before venerating the Holy Cross, the instrument of our Redemption, and receiving the Lord in Holy Communion.

Holy Saturday is a “non-liturgical” day when the Church silently mourns Her Lord in the tomb, awaiting the Resurrection. Then, in the darkness of Holy Saturday night, the Light of the Risen Lord shines out from the Paschal Candle. As we renew the promises of our own Baptism on this Holiest of nights, let us pray for all who are being baptized at the Paschal Vigil. In the Resurrection, which we will continue to celebrate through the days of the Octave through to Pentecost, we will rejoice in the perfect and permanent victory of Christ our Lord over Satan, sin and death: “May the light of Christ in glory rising again, dispel the darkness of heart and mind!” “By His Holy and Glorious Wounds may Christ the Lord guard and preserve us.” (from the blessing of the Paschal Candle).

Upheld by God’s grace, and worshipping the Lord in spirit and in truth, with all our heart and mind, let us celebrate the Great and Holy Week of our Redemption.

God bless you!

Fr Glen Tattersall, Parish Priest.


Catechesis for children: we are giving consideration to providing catechetical classes for children of school age. This would most likely be for one hour on Saturdays at 10.00 am (during school term time). For those interested, an additional programme teaching children singing, with an emphasis on Sacred Music, would run from 11.00 am. To assist us in planning, we are seeking expressions of interest from parents who may wish to enroll their children. Interested parents are asked to contact Fr Tattersall by email, with details of their childrens’ age and school year. We hope that the programme, should it go ahead, will commence early in May. We also ask parents who wish to present their children for First Confession and First Holy Communion in December, to register with us no later than mid-April. The Saturday classes will also provide sacramental preparation

Parish BBQ – Anniversary of foundation of Newman Parish: our first anniversary as a Parish falls on 28th March. As this is on the cusp of Holy Week, we shall delay our celebrations until the Easter Octave. Fr Tattersall will offer Solemn Mass for the Parish and Parishioners at 10.30 am on Easter Monday, 6th April. A Parish BBQ will follow in the grounds of Maryvale.

Parish Barbecue and Sunday Hospitality - Helpers are wanted for the Easter Monday Parish BBQ! If you can help with setting up, catering and clean-up on the day please contact Peter Janssen, mob. 0414 963 282, email: Also if you are able to help on a regular basis with Sunday morning teas after the 8.00am and 10.30am Masses please contact Peter.

Certificates of Parish membership for those who have registered with the Newman Parish will be available for collection after the afternoon ceremony on Good Friday, and also on Easter Monday during the Parish BBQ. Those who have not yet registered are invited to do so, preferably online, or otherwise using the registration forms provided in the vestibule.

Easter offering envelopes are now available. These are for the support of the priests who serve the Parish of Bl. John Henry Newman. The envelopes may be placed in either collection over the next few weeks. Thank you for your generosity.

Filial appeal to Pope Francis on the Future of the Family: please consider this petition to Pope Francis, respectfully asking him to reaffirm clearly the Catholic teaching that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics cannot receive Holy Communion, and that homosexual acts are contrary to Divine and natural law:

Bayside Life Vote fundraiser: Life Vote, which campaigns for pro-life representation in the Victorian Parliament, is holding a fundraiser on Sunday 26 April 2015, 4pm, at the Palace Dendy Cinema in Brighton. The movie is “Boy Choir".All funds raised will go towards the airfare and associated costs of bringing UK midwife, Mary Doogan, to Australia to tell her story of losing her job because of her conscientious objection to abortion. Tickets: $25 Students $20 Children $15 (includes tea/coffee and cake). Online purchase or contact Maria on 0438 088 681 or

The Life Coalition invites you to the 2015 Life Dinner with special guest speaker: Mary Doogan, senior midwife, Scotland, UK. Saturday June 27 The right to conscientious objection and the freedom of choice - for all! Time: 7:00 for 7:30 pm, Mannix College, Clayton / tickets $75 each, $60 student which includes two-course meal and drinks ~ R.S.V.P.: Thursday June 18. To register: please fill in form below and mail with payment to: Life Dinner, PO Box 251, Balwyn, Vic. 3103, or online at Contact Mrs Ann-Maree Kiely ~ Ph: 9816 0800, Mobile: 0447 352 252, Email:

How to pray the Divine Office: it has been gratifying to see the interest expressed in learning more about the Divine Office and how to pray it. A short course will be given soon after Easter for those interested. Stay tuned for details! In the meantime, those interested in the Office are especially encouraged to attend Tenebrae in Holy Week.

Parish dinner dance – Saturday, 18th April: following last year’s highly successful event, we will return to the RACV for our second Parish dinner dance on Saturday, 18th April (7 pm – 11 pm). The cost is $64 per person for a three course dinner ($88 with matching wines), or $75 for four courses ($106 with wines). Payment is to be made on the night, directly to the RACV. To book, please email the Secretary with the names of those attending: . Bookings are now open.

Easter camp for boys and young men: we regret that it will not be possible to go ahead with the camp, as originally intended, after Easter. However, we hope that something mid-year might be possible instead. Stay tuned for further details.

A Lenten project – support for Br. Shawn Murphy’s Seminary tuition: Br Shawn Murphy is continuing his studies at the Toronto Oratory in Canada, for the Brisbane Oratory in Formation. The Brisbane Oratory will be formally opened by Archbishop Coleridge on 26th May this year. Please consider – as a Lenten resolution - giving financial support to this worthy project, by helping to defray the costs of Br Shawn’s formation and education. Please email the Secretary, or contact Fr Tattersall, if you are able to make a donation.

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Homily on our 10th Anniversary

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